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  1. more: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003772392
  2. As reported in another thread, the Tobu 70000 series made its first revenue run on July 7, Tanabata. This video was taken inside the first train from Kita Koshigaya to Naka Meguro.
  3. Some members may want to check this out. To be published this June. http://www.robert-schwandl.de/jp/
  4. Press relase of Tokyo Metro: http://www.tokyometro.jp/news/2017/158156.html The 01 series, laurel prize in 1985, in service since 1983 on the Ginza line will completely disappear in a couple of months. The last train is scheduled to run on the 10th of March 2017. The replacement will be the New 1000 series trains in service since 2012, with some units (http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2017/01/11/267/) even more resembling the original 1000 series. PDF: http://www.tokyometro.jp/news/images_h/metroNews20170127_09.pdf Mynavi News http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2017/01/27/505/ Some units are already enjoing "retirement" on the Kumamoto dentetsu in Kyushu, after being converted from 1435mm and Third Rail to 1067mm and catenary, while unit 01-129 has it's cab cutted and preserved in Tokyo Metro's own museum. Most of the remaining units will be scrapped, some will be privately preserved or as other Japanese subway cars (both from Tokyo and Nagoya) , they might find a new life in the Buenos Aires subway in Argentina, where they may be used on the Line B. (the mainstray of Line B's fleet are former Eidan 500 series from the Maronouchi line along some 1970s CAF 5000 series second-hand from Madrid; and since the last trains introduced, the 6000 series (also second-hand from Madrid) was dubbed as the "worst rolling stock purchase in the history of the Subte", line B has a desperate need for relatiely modern subay cars, to wich the 01 series might be a good answer)
  5. Metro and Tobu have apparently agreed on a basic design for two upcoming models, the Metro 13000 series and the Tobu 70000 series. These will be used for services that interline between the Metro Hibiya Line and the Tobu Skytree Line. Services are currently operated with a mixture of 3- and 5-door cars; these will all be 20m (sorry Toni) 4-door cars with longitudinal seating, run in 7-car formations. They will come into service from 2016 to 2019. The link below has an image showing the Metro car at top, the Tobu car in the middle, and then the Tobu car's interior at the bottom. http://railf.jp/news/2015/06/18/100000.html
  6. http://pinktentacle.com/2010/01/secrets-of-the-tokyo-underground/ Intresting (if true) article about mysteries of underground tokyo, including theories that the Yurachuko line was built for military use, and the Toei Oedo line's tunnels already existed well before they were converted into a subway line.
  7. The training center that opened last April in Koto Ward, Shin Kiba: Couple of CMs about the new 13000 series 20m stock for the Hibiya Line:
  8. On November 2, Tobu Railway introduced a 50050 series with Crayon Shin-chan wrapping: https://twitter.com/toutetuN700A/status/793996801325953024 https://twitter.com/tetsudomynavi/status/793709616261574656 From November 3 it will be running on Tobu lines, the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line and the Tokyu Den'entoshi Line.
  9. A very interesting Tokyo Metro documentary i found on YouTube. (ignore the Meitetsu Panorama Super on the thumbnail)
  10. Yesterday a joint statement of four railways was issued announcing the intention of starting reserved seat service using the to-be-delivered Seibu 40000 series. Starting from Spring 2017, this service will operate weekends and holidays between Chichibu and Yokohama Chukagai (for sightseers), and weekdays, on a Seibu Ikebukuro Line-Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line routing (for commuters). The 40000 series feature rotating seats, convertible between longitudinal and airline configurations. http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/06/16/264/ press release: http://www.seibu-group.co.jp/railways/news/news-release/2016/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2016/06/16/20160616_zasekisiteisouchoku_1.pdf
  11. 13102 formation- origin was Kinki Sharyo factory, destination Koshigaya Freight Terminal. This scene is on the Tokaido Line between Totsuka and Higashi Totsuka.
  12. Recent editions from the "Eyes of Metro" series, focusing on the work of staff in the various departments. Catenary work: Trackwork: https://youtube.com/watch?list=PLtk4G3PAF0ClMFshFDvEbXWS1bZS7xhaI&params=OAFIAVgC&v=84hLyAHWFJw&mode=NORMAL Very nice extended 3 min. CM (titled "Comprehensive Strength") of a typical 24 hours on the metro system, especially interesting is the segment from midway, after the stations close down and the maintenance begins: https://youtube.com/watch?list=PLtk4G3PAF0ClMFshFDvEbXWS1bZS7xhaI&params=OAFIAVgE&v=MAA4ac-FJ4g&mode=NORMAL
  13. Really just a re-branding of existing services using the Fukutoshin line for through running, but intended to be easier to understand for passengers, given the different train designations attached to a train as it passes through each railway. Began running under this monicker from the March 26 timetable revision. http://www.tobu.co.jp/file/pdf/3d2881ee48143e73f17131401fbfdbfd/151218-4.pdf?date=20151218192334 *the "F" stands for "fast", "five", and "Fukutoshin"
  14. Equipment malfunction May 13 on the Metro Chiyoda Line led to a rolling stock substitution, with a 16000 series making a midday run to Hon Atsugi. After terminating there, it ran out of service to Isehara, where it turned back via a crossover, returning to Hon Atsugi for the next up service. This is apparently the first time Metro stock has done this in daylight hours, typically these are only seen on this stretch of line in the nighttime.
  15. Saw this non-consumer product Toshiba CM on TV tonight. There are two versions, a general version and a version for Kansai. Products include pmsm motors, hd300 hybrid loco, and passenger information displays. General version: Kansai version (this version uses Hankyu 1000 series rather than Tokyo Metro 1000 series):
  16. Interesting article, but make sure to read the comment section, particularly the comment by "simple"- who lays out a common problem with these comparisons. http://www.citylab.com/commute/2016/02/most-complex-transit-subway-maps-world-tokyo-new-york-paris/470565/
  17. Two 01 series cars have been transported all the way to Kumamoto Dentetsu to enter service in March. These were delivered in several generations over about 14(!) years, counting from the test formation built by Kawasaki in September 1983 to the single 6th generation formation built by Kinki in August 1997. These two were the end cars of the last 4th generation formation, built by Nippon Sharyo, in June 1992. I would not have thought that they were so old. http://railf.jp/news/2015/02/22/160000.html and Kumamoto Dentetsu is installing the Kawasaki EF-Wing trucks, video by Toshiyuki Saiba You're not getting me under that thing...
  18. Last night watching TV Tokyo's "Cambria Kyuden" program, there was this CM for Tokyo Metro. It's part of their "Metro wa susumu, susumeru" series focusing on infrastructure improvements. It's a stylized depiction of the Tozai Line. Starting at about 0:10 is the section of line between Kudanshita and Iidabashi, where a flat junction causes a bottleneck with turnback operations. The pocket track will be converted to a passing track, allowing through trains to proceed while a turnback train is reversing in an ecs move. At about 0:18 is Minami Sunamachi Station. The current station is quite restricted in space as it was built with caisson method tunneling, and is quite congested with passengers during the rush hours. Another platform will be built, allowing what is called "sougou hacchaku", or near simultaneous arrival and departure, which lessens headways and should clear out the crowds faster at this spot. Tokyo Metro info on infrastructure projects, the above projects on p. 8: http://www.tokyometro.jp/corporate/profile/scheme/pdf/plan_h27_2.pdf To add, a CM from Metro's "Anzen. Anshin. Metro no Me" series focusing on the work of individuals and their departments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RaFEQObvYc
  19. Very interesting from profit of the way on jtrains yahoo group. The bogie steering mechanism of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Series 1000 emus recently received the New Invention Award from the Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation. Development of the New Concept Steering Bogie Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Technical Report http://www.nssmc.com/en/tech/report/nssmc/pdf/105-08.pdf Tokyo Metro 1000 series http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Metro_1000_series .jeff __,_._,___
  20. Relating to the post about delays, here is a paper co-authored by Tokyo Metro sujiya Mr. Kohei Ushida, who was profiled by NHK in their Professionals TV documentary. He is the inventor of the chromatic diagram, which gives a better idea of how delays develop in the running timetable. Though it doesn't cover the process of timetable recovery after accidents and bad weather etc, it does give you an idea of how timetables are managed and modified to make train run on time, or at least reduce delays. http://www.railway-research.org/IMG/pdf/f1_tomii_norio.pdf
  21. This Thursday, Nov. 6, Kinki Sharyo announced it had received an order from Tokyo Metro for replacement stock for the Hibiya Line. The order is for a total of 294 cars, to be arranged in 42 trainsets. They will be delivered over a period of three years, from FY2016 to FY2019. Current Hibiya Line rolling stock is operated in 8 car consists, each car being 18m long with either three or five doors per side. The new rolling stock will be 20m long, have 4 doors/side, and operate in 7 car consists. http://response.jp/article/2014/11/07/236805.html *I'm glad Kinki Sharyo got the order, I like many of their designs, which will give (hopefully) a more Kansai aesthetic to Tokyo area rolling stock, which tends to be dominated by slightly cheapy feeling Tokyu Sharyo/J-Trec or Hitachi.
  22. Did anyone post this yet? http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/09/07/the-most-crowded-train-lines-during-rush-hour-in-tokyo-osaka-and-nagoya-are/ Pretty interesting, data is apparently from MLIT, so I think it's trustworthy. I never lived in Kanto, so the figures for those lines don't mean a lot to me, other than explaining why JR East buys so many new trains . The figures for Osaka and Nagoya, however, help me picture train interiors, platforms, and seas of people at the gates :). The private railways really take the prize in Osaka, and in Nagoya, the municipal subway system appears the most in the list. Also interesting to see how Meitetsu places. JR Central only appears once, at number 5, further reinforcing my impression that they probably don't want to worry about the zairai lines too much :).
  23. This is a promo for the upcoming through service on the Tokyu Toyoko Line via the new underground Shibuya Station. *h/t to quashlo at SSC
  24. I was in Tokyo this past weekend for a short spring holiday. Monday was my last day, intended on railfanning the inner end of the Tobu Tojo Line , but my plans were thwarted by a jumper(?) at Tsunashima Station on the Toyoko Line. This resulted in widespread disruption during the AM hours- all through operations via the Fukutoshin Line were suspended, also affecting the Tobu Tojo Line past Wako-Shi, as well as the Yurakucho Line and the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. I was on an express from Tokorozawa bound for Seibu Ikebukuro, the train was checked by a red signal somewhere around Nerima Station, was stopped for about 5 minutes before proceeding at reduced speed until Ikebukuro- I could see the tail end of the local train a few signal blocks ahead (signals on this stretch are three aspect), which was slowing us down. At Ikebukuro Station, I snapped a pic of the display showing the delays on the Tokyo Metro network:
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